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Congregational Church of North Stonington, UCC
Please Reserve Your Seat for Sunday In-Person
in person worship at 10 a.m.
OR  Worship from Home  any time


Virtual Church School!!  Zoom in at 9:30 Sunday (link)
Meeting ID: 863 2731 7226
Passcode: 387614

 

- Worship at Home-
Worship Materials that accompany our online worship
can be found below

Church Website is:   www.northstoningtonucc.com

(Click on the website link below the picture on the home page
to watch worship at home
Best viewed on a device with WiFi or direct internet connection. 
Phone networks take much longer.)
 

"Let Us Love One Another"
This is our "season of giving" theme, which relates to this week's scriptures. 
To help you get into the spirit, we offer a short video to inspire you. 
The link below brings you to Youtube where you will be able to watch one or all! 
Blessings be upon you...

 Zoom Prayer This Week at 11:30 a.m. Sunday
click link below


Meeting ID: 854 7136 7318
Passcode: 376859


All Hallows Sunday                                                                               
“As an Open and Affirming church:
      We respect the worth and dignity of all persons who come into our church family regardless of race, age, marital standing, gender, economic status, mental or physical challenges, nationality or sexual
identity.  We promise to support one another in our personal struggles, to understand and accept differences in one another, and pray to strengthen our love and acceptance.”
 


PRELUDE           “How Firm a Foundation” - Gilbert M. Martin                                                                    
SILENT MEDITATION IN PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
 
CALL TO WORSHIP                                                
            Be still!
We come to quiet ourselves in this haven of holiness.
            Be still and know . . .
we come to discern the Word that can set us free.
            Be still and know that God is . . .
our Hope, our Help, our Refuge, and our Redeemer.           Amen
 
HYMN #6            Sing Praise to God, vs. 1-4              Old Hundredth L.M.

 

INVOCATION AND LORD’S PRAYER         (debts/debtors )
Forever God, you plant your words of hope deep within us,
carving on our hearts  “you are Mine.” 
God of Creation, You freely became one of us so we could be liberated. 
You give us the words we need, so we can continue to share
your good news of life. 
God in Community, Holy in One, you give us the words we need to pray: 
 Our Father…
 
GLORIA PATRI  (#759)
      Glory to the Creator, the Christ, the Holy Spirit
      Three in One; As it was in the beginning,
      Is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
 
PASSING OF THE PEACE     May the peace of Christ be with you.
      And also with you.                                       
 
SCRIPTURE LESSONS                    Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18        
                                                           Matthew 22:34-46
 
TIME FOR CHILDREN
 
SERMON                                            You Need to Keep This One
 
MOMENTS OF SILENCE
 
HYMN #290                 Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart        Morecambe

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
 
HYMN #439             A Mighty Fortress Is Our God          Ein’ Feste Burg
 
BENEDICTION         
 
POSTLUDE     “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor” (excerpts) - J.S. Bach    

 

Worship Notes:                                                                                            
“How Firm a Foundation” by Gilbert M. Martin, copyright 1969, Lorenz Publishing Co. All Rights Reserved. One License #76392.   
“Toccata and Fugue in D Minor” (excerpt) by J.S.Bach (1685-1750). Public Domain. 
HYMN #6, Sing Praise to God, vs. 1-4            , Johann J. Schultz; Mit Freuden Zart.  Public Domain
HYMN #290 , Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart, George Croly; Morecambe, Frederick C. Atkinson, Public Domain. 
HYMN #439, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, Frederick Henry Hedge, Martin Luther, Ein’ Feste Burg, Martin Luther.  Words adapt. Ruth C. Duck, 1981.  Public Domain
All Hymns are from the (NCH) New Century Hymnal; © 1995 The Pilgrim Press.  Permission is granted for this one-time use.      
Permission to reprint, podcast, and / or stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE with license #735340-A. All rights reserved. 
Permissions granted under CCLI License # 11212116 
-Call to Worship and Invocation, adapted from Tom Shuman, 2015

Fellowship of Concern   Please keep in your prayers: those affected by the CoVID-19, especially the grieving; those serving overseas; all battling cancer; all struggling with financial crisis; for working to bear the burdens of others.  For the healing of Shirley Millar; Jim Hoffman and family; Stephanie Murray; Anita Ames; Larry; Grace (Teddy) Graber; Thurlow Coats; Brian Boldt, Seya Bishop, Harriet; Janet Allen; Joyce Cook; Duane Witter; Bruce Sawyer; John Wohlleber; Deb Janda; George McCullen (and wife Arline); AJ Gumbert; George Danley; Mark Brown (Mobby Larson’s brother); Mark Ball (Pat Danley’s son); Kris Shabunia; Marj Misovich; Norman Bouchard; and Tom Tuzzio (Beth Thompson’s father);  Penny, Bev Sawyer’s sister; Dave Larson; and Louis Foster, Amy Foster's father.  . 
Our Prayers of sympathy are extended to family and friends of Lee Gwyer, who died October 15th  . 


October Missoin Focus:
The Hunger Awareness for PNC.  Monetary donations will be combined and sent, and food items can be dropped off at the church in the bin outside by the ramp.

CWS: Hurricane Response -  Hurricane Laura slammed into the Gulf Coast as a category 4 storm, leaving extensive damage! In response, blankets, as well as long term recovery support are used to help many people. To donate, please contact CWS by mail or email.  Church World Service 968 Elkhart, IN 46515 E-mail:
media@cwsglobal.org

CWS CROP Walk (Virtual or in Person)            MAEC is asking you to participate in this year's CROP walk?   Whether it is a virtual walk or an actual walk, we plan to collect pledges.  Our Representative in North Stonington is Julie Evans; she can collect your pledges to CWS CROP.  ALSO, please consider online giving: Julie will have the pertinent information.

Neighbors in Need (NIN) is the special mission offering for the month of October. NIN is an offering of the UCC that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry. Two thirds of the offering are used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants. Neighbor in Need grants are awarded to churches and organizations doing justice work in their
communities. Thank you in advance for your support to support NIN for these projects and grants. Until we return to putting mission envelopes in the pews, please mark an envelope "mission" or indicate in the memo section of your check the amount given to the specific mission offering that you are giving to. Thank you.

“I have looked upon thee in the sanctuary,  beholding thy power and glory.”                                                    - Psalm 63:2 (RSV)
           
Tradition says Psalm 63 was composed by David when he was on the run from King Saul. It also expresses the hardship of a desert place and time:  “My soul thirsts for thee, my flesh faints for thee, as in a dry and weary land where no water is.”
            Psalm 63 gives voice to the longing for sanctuary, in all the ways we use that word. Sanctuary as the place where we’ve gathered in the presence of God and of others. The place where, God quenches our thirst and strengthens our souls.
            Despite the longing to be back in the sanctuary, the psalmist remembers – and reminds us – that God’s steadfast love is not limited to a physical space. Even in a fearsome, desert place, the psalmist trusts that love and knows it is our true sanctuary. May we know the same.  Wherever we are in this wilderness time, O God, may we know we are in the sanctuary of your steadfast love. Amen.           
                  -Talitha Arnold, adapted
 
Global Ministries Prayer for Guatemala: 
 We pray the one who was a martyr for the living and loving, raise people up in prayer at our Eucharistic table for the body and blood of creation and its guardians, so that the body and blood may be the cup of salvation.  We pray for those who continue the role of Protector:  The guardians of the Forest, the young people from the community of Volcancito, municipality of Santa Rosa, Guatemala who harvest rainwater, and labor to protect the water springs from pollution and over-use.  We pray for the Xinka indigenous people in southeastern Guatemala who reject mining and offer peaceful resistance against the Escobal mine of Pan American Silver based in Vancouver, Canada.  May all people live to care for one another and for Creation, Amen. 
 

Our Ministers:  the Congregation
Susan G. Latourette, Pastor – 860-759-4231, pastorsuel@yahoo.com
Michael G.  Noonan, Director of Music
Kay Lautzenheiser, Christian Education Coordinator
Rosemary Kuemper, Church Secretary
Charlotte Melia, Sexton      
Office hours:  Monday –Thursday, 9 am -1 pm

Our mailing address is:                                         Website:  www.northstoningtonucc.com
89 Main Street, P.O. Box 66  
North Stonington CT  06359